Declassified documents go public, detail domestic spying ‘incidents’
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has declassified several documents on the government’s collection of bulk telephone metadata, which also details “compliance incidents,” discovered by the NSA.
In a press release, Clapper described his decision to release the documents to the public.
“They demonstrate that the government has undertaken extraordinary measures to identify and correct mistakes that have occurred in implementing the bulk telephony metadata collection program — and to put systems and processes in place that seek to prevent such mistakes from occurring in the first place.”
According to The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton almost shut down the federal government’s domestic surveillance program, stating he was “deeply troubled by the incidents,” after finding that officials had been accessing telephone records for three years without “reasonable, articulate suspicion” on connections to terror plots.
The now public documents had formerly been reported to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and presented to Congress in 2009.
Photo by Office of the Director of National Intelligence.